The 2020 iHeartRadio Music Festival did not disappoint Saturday (September 19) after an impressive debut on Friday evening. With a heavy cast under the headline of Keith Urban, Usher, Miley Cyrus, Kane Brown and Bon Jovi, cyberfans were excited to see their musical heroes in the spotlight and work through their discography. While the audience received a boatload of music, they also won jewels related to this year’s election and the importance of the November vote. See some of the highlights not to be missed on the second night.
Keith Urban was parked at the start from the start and started the second night of the iHeart Music Festival with “Somewhere in my Car”
The renowned showman has proven why, after more than 25 years in the game, he remains one of the wonderful interpreters of music. Usher opened with “OMG” and exuded versatility by demonstrating his vocal and dancing talents. The R&B luminaire did not shy away from returning to its revered catalog, revisiting its 90s catchy tune “U Make Me Wanna” and then pouring it into a mixture of 2000 jams such as “You Got It Bad” Burn “to zoom”. You don’t have to call “and yes”.
Like his contemporary Keith Urban, Kane Brown attended this year’s ACM Awards earlier this week, but that didn’t stop the country heavyweight from re-treating its fans. Brown performed from Nashville on PORTL – a hologram machine and the very first of its kind – and asked his friends Khalid and Swae Lee to deliver their melodic bop “Be Like That”. He later reappeared on stage to give fans a hefty helping of hits like “What Ifs” and “BFE”.
The New Jersey rock band wasted no time debuting new music. When Bon Jovi took the stage, he hired Jennifer Nettles for her latest collaboration, “Do What You Can,” which is the follow-up to 2006 track “Who Says You Can’t Get Home”. Bon Jovi was also not short on the classics and brought out unforgettable classics like “You Give Love a Bad Name” from 1986 and “Lost Highway” from 2007. The cherry on top came when the rock group voted back to the ’80s to give fans a rousing rendition of “Wanted Dead or Alive”.
One of the creators of social distancing performances, Swae Lee reminded fans why he is an accomplished fan as a solo star who immersed himself in “Unforgettable” from French Montana and “Sunflower” from Post Malone during his brief set on iHeart. It would have been great for Slim Jxmmi to play “Black Beatles” or “Powerglide” with his brother, but instead Swae chose to give fans a seamless exclusive and preview his new album “Dance Like No One’s Watching” to give.
At the end of the festivities, Miley Cyrus came out with a bang and channeled her inner blonde to play “Heart of Glass”. The heart-themed setlist continued as it blended seamlessly into Mark Ronson-directed “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” and a rocking version of “Who Owns My Heart”. Then Cyrus slipped into her new record “Midnight Sky” with a giant disco ball circling overhead to underscore her fiery endeavors.